Some of the metrics used to decide this are family fun, health and safety, education, and affordability.
Alabama ranks 17th in the nation for affordability, but that’s the highest Alabama is ranked, with the second-best ranking being socioeconomic factors at 31st best in the country.
Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba disagreed with the survey, saying there are many things great about living in a place like Dothan.
“Were still small enough where everyone feels safe,” Saliba said. “There is an affordability aspect to that as well. It’s easier for a family to raise children here. And the fact we are close to the beaches and lakes has a lot to do with that as well.”
WalletHub ranked Alabama 47th in the nation for family fun activities, and Saliba said that’s one of the hardest things for a city to do.
“It’s always a challenge of any city to provide opportunities,” said Saliba. “And one of the problems is coming up with new opportunities once they’ve had something for a while, they say they need something else to do. So it’s always a challenge to come up with new opportunities as well as being creative with what we do already have.”
Even though WalletHub ranks Alabama education low on its list, Saliba said the education around the “Circle City” has its perks, as opposed to the larger school systems.
“We are small enough to where teachers know their kids and their family,” he said. “There is still a small-town feel to Dothan and I think the education is something to focus on and strive for something even more excellent than what we have.”